Good Sheep – Ezekiel 34

We have looked at the difficulties of being a good shepherd – how about those of being a good sheep? What are the qualities that make a good sheep?  Here we are referring to God-followers, or disciples, not the farm animal variety. God has made pretty clear His two basic commands for us: 1) toContinue reading “Good Sheep – Ezekiel 34”

The Divine Search – Ezekiel 34

While humans may often fail each other in their roles as shepherds and leaders, God will never fail us. Whatever situation we may find ourselves in, whatever unfairness or hardships have come our way, or painful consequences of our own poor choices stare us in the face in the morning, the Lord has promised toContinue reading “The Divine Search – Ezekiel 34”

Faithful Shepherds – Ezekiel 34

A shepherd is a role of great responsibility. Many of us live out the duties of a shepherd in one way or another – we provide the nourishment, guidance, and protection for another living being who is unable to do this for themselves.  This may be for a baby, child, or youth in our care. Continue reading “Faithful Shepherds – Ezekiel 34”

A New Creation – Ezekiel 33

I recently heard from a person who became enraged by the failure of a product they had just purchased.  In their fury, they told a friend that they were going to drive back to the store and really vent their anger at the salesperson.  The friend, a fellow believer, leaned over and quietly spoke, “WeContinue reading “A New Creation – Ezekiel 33”

Being a Watchman – Ezekiel 33

Being a watchman is a stressful job. One must be awake and alert at all times so as not to miss the critical moment when the enemy might appear, often when least expected.  A prompt warning of an attack is required to allow proper defenses to be raised.  The job is so important that inContinue reading “Being a Watchman – Ezekiel 33”

A Covering Cherub – Ezekiel 28

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;    never will I forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) What if we humans ever possessed everything that we might possibly desire – what would come next?  There is Biblical evidence to suggest that ourContinue reading “A Covering Cherub – Ezekiel 28”

Success Without God? – Ezekiel 27

Can we achieve success “without” God?  Many have believed so.  But God expects us to eventually recognize and acknowledge His role in our achievements, or we may find ourselves in jeopardy of losing all. Two Biblical writers foretell the ultimate demise of two mighty maritime trading nations.  The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel describes the comingContinue reading “Success Without God? – Ezekiel 27”

A Rock in the Sea – Ezekiel 26

The great ancient city of Tyre was located on an island just offshore of the current city of Tyre, Lebanon.  This global powerhouse was once the center of commerce for Phoenicia, dominating trade on the seaways of the Mediterranean and beyond, perhaps even to England and West Africa.  Centuries before the empires of Greece andContinue reading “A Rock in the Sea – Ezekiel 26”

Standing in the Gap – Ezekiel 22

Through the prophet Ezekiel, the Lord revealed that He was looking for just one person to stand up in righteousness to represent ancient Israel, to lead the people back towards Him and away from a life of faithlessness, injustice, and violence. 30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards theContinue reading “Standing in the Gap – Ezekiel 22”

Messiah The Prince – Ezekiel 21

The prophet Ezekiel proclaimed the end of the line of the kings of Judah to his fellow exiles in Babylon.  This was self-evident to his audience, as they knew that whoever was still alive of these kings and their children was also in exile with them.  Nebuchadnezzar had ravaged Jerusalem, its walls, and its Temple,Continue reading “Messiah The Prince – Ezekiel 21”